Thursday, September 27, 2018


We decided to take a trip out east to finish the state of Massachusetts as well as all of New England. We flew into Boston, arriving Saturday afternoon. We rented a Subaru Outback and did some sightseeing around Plymouth and Cape Cod. We stopped at Wood’s Seafood for lunch, then drove a few blocks south to see Plymouth Rock. We spent the night at the Hampton Inn & Suites Cape Cod – West Yarmouth.

On Sunday morning we drove to the Hyannis Marina and boarded a Hy-Line Cruise ship to Nantucket. After an hour on the water we pulled into Nantucket – our first new county of the trip. We toured the island, had a barbeque lunch at B-ACK Yard BBQ, and finished up with some Aunt Leah’s fudge. Our stuffed animal Urnie even got his picture taken with Foster, the 93-year-old proprietor of the fudge store.

We then hopped another ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard, in Dukes County – our second and final new county of the trip. We only had a small amount of time. So we ended up renting a golf cart to drive around the island. We drove from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown and back, catching a glimpse of Chappaquiddick Island before we returned. We even saw the “Gingerbread house” area of the island. As the sun began to set, we boarded the ferry and headed back to Hyannis. Once we hit land, we drove to our hotel in Plymouth – the Hampton Inn & Suites.

On Monday we visited the Pilgrim Hall Museum and caught up with some of our ancestors who came to America on the Mayflower. We then drove to Springfield, got lunch at Burger King, and visited the statue of Deacon Samuel Chapin, another relative. Right next to the statue was a courtyard featuring several Dr. Seuss statues. We had to check them all out. After leaving Springfield we briefly dipped into Connecticut before heading all the way south to Newport, Rhode Island. It was too late in the day to tour any of the mansions. But we did manage to get a few pictures of the Breakers. That evening we got dinner at Red Robin, then retired for the night at the Hampton Inn & Suites Providence/Warwick-Airport. On Tuesday we drove back to Logan Airport and flew home.

We only tallied two new counties on the trip. But they were two difficult ones to obtain! It always feels like an accomplishment when you reach a county that’s not reachable by car. So what’s next? We have a trip to California planned for November. So stay tuned!

                                                NEW COUNTIES - 2
                                                TOTAL COUNTIES FOR 2018 - 124
                                                ALL TIME COUNTY TOTAL - 1841